Graham Boyle, F.AIRAH

South Metropolitan TAFE

Why is HVAC&R important?
While there was life and civilisation prior to refrigeration, there can be no doubt that it has changed our world and our lives for the better. Scientific research, health, computing, travel, food production and storage are just a few of the industries that depend upon our ability to maintain controlled conditions of temperature and relative humidity.

How many coffees would be sold if we couldn’t store the milk ready for use? How much fast food would be sold if it couldn’t be stored, ready for cooking and service? We take for granted walking into a 24-hour supermarket and picking up something to eat or cook at any time, and most of our modern medicines require refrigeration at some time in their production or as they travel to the recipient.

What do you do, and what is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
I manage a team of refrigeration and air conditioning experts who are training our technicians and engineers of the future. My role is to ensure that they maintain quality standards for delivery and assessment, and that they have the resources required so that the training is effective. I also manage the funding to ensure efficient use of client money.

I am passionate about the industry and have been a part of it for over 50 years. I find it satisfying talking to former students who have also gained that same passion and are successfully earning a living from it.

What will you be doing to celebrate World Refrigeration Day?
This is a new concept and I have put it to the team to see if anyone has any ideas. I would like to include the students in whatever we decide to do.